Top 10 stories, No. 8: Millbrook wins 80 straight, 3 titles
WINCHESTER — Watching coach Debby Sanders walk across the court to collect the Group AA, Division 4 championship trophy, raise it above her head and point to the cheering Millbrook crowd, it was hard not to feel like the Pioneers were a team of destiny.
Their 63-38 win over previously undefeated Courtland at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center on March 10 capped an unprecedented four-year run that captivated not just their fans, but also their school and local residents.
What Courtni Green, Alisha Mobley, Sara Mead and their teammates accomplished was greater than any singular statistic or record, although the numbers certainly help tell the story.
Millbrook won an astounding 105 of the 108 games over four years, including a state-record 80 in a row that eclipsed the mark of 78 set in 1951.
The Pioneers captured three straight state championships, also a state record, and have gone 48-0 in district play since 2008.
And they did it all in dominating fashion, winning by an average margin of 36.4 points per game behind a relentless defense that totaled 21.8 steals per contest and an offense that never stopped attacking.
The Pioneers were talented, determined and dedicated to going out in style. And they flourished in the spotlight.
They got big sendoffs on their way to road playoff games, regularly drew a loud and proud, Millbrook blue-clad contigent of fans wherever they played, and rarely disappointed.
They returned to a hero’s welcome after winning their third state title and got to ride on a float in the 85th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.
And though the team’s winning streak was stopped at 84 games on Dec. 8, their legacy will live on.
The Pioneers were a dynasty in every sense of the word, and they went out the exact same way they came in — winning.
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